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With 18 judges over 13 candidates, this year’s commercial title of Miss Palawan was won by the Puerto Princesa representative Jennifer Linda after 5 hours of rigorous competition last December 8 at Puerto Princesa City Coliseum.
Linda is the reigning first runner-up of Miss Puerto Princesa, the Tourism major student from STI also took home the Best in Talent, Best in Festival Costume and Darling of the Press awards. During the question and answer portion, Linda was asked if she favored limiting the tourists visiting the province because of the lack of resources such as food, water, and electricity, she answer the question as there is no need to limit tourist arrivals, and the issue is will be solved with the plan of the Provincial Government in the proposed division of the province into three provinces.
Below is her verbatim answer during the said portion in the pageant. “For me, we should not limit the tourists here in Palawan, that’s why our province conduct the 3-in-1 Palawan so that we can focus on delivering basic needs and goods especially in the area that is less prioritize before, because the geopolitical situation of our province is not as complex as dividing it into 3-in-1 could cause anarchy or inequality, or more inefficient, for me Palawan is the largest in our country, that is the main reason why we need it to manage efficiently, as a human and people of my City and community, I know to myself that I am passionate and productive enough to do what my duties can be. And for me human knows the far-reaching impacts that humans are having on our environment, as a human race we have the solutions and the resources that we need right now to move forward to a transition for a better place for everyone.”
Following Linda is 16-year-old Phoebe De Luna from San Vicente is this year’s Miss Palawan North, while Miss Palawan South is bagged by a Political Science student from Palawan State University, Jamaica Venturillo that represented Cagayancillo.
First placer is the crowds’ and sponsors’ darling Angelica Lopez of Bataraza. She won 6 major and minor awards that night, including Best in Swimsuit. Cuyo representative Gellean Jagmis is declared second runner-up.
The 18-man judge was headed by Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul as chairman. The other judges included Provincial Information Officer Winston Arzaga, City Councilor Matthew Mendoza, Bataraza Councilor Al Rashid Ibba, Regional Trial Court Judge Arleen Guillen, City Information Officer Richard Ligad, Atty. Nanette Quicho, Ferdinand Galdones Abejon of Missosology, Former Miss PSU Lornalyn Gonzaga and many more.
Pinoy Big Brother Housemate-turned-actor Seth Fedelin serenaded the candidates, and a concert of the Philippines’ most-streamed band in Spotify, December Avenue, followed after the coronation.
Here is the complete list of winners for the special awards.
Ms. Friendship- Cristal Diaz, Aborlan
Ms. Photogenic – Jamaica Venturillo, Cagayancillo
Darling of the Press – Jennifer Linda, Puerto Princesa
Ms. Chez Rose – Phoebe De Luna, San Vicente
NCCC Ambassador – Angelica Lopez, Bataraza
Ms. Poten Cee- Phoebe De Luna
Romel Mercado Haute Couture Choice- Angelica Lopez, Bataraza
Best in Talent – Jennifer Linda, Puerto Princesa
Ms. South Sea Pearl – Angelica Lopez, Bataraza
Ms. Kamia Bay – Angelica Lopez, Bataraza
Ms. Farmbelle – Phoebe De Luna
Ms. Tanduay – Angelica Lopez, Bataraza
Ms. Tatak Ni Tatang – Alyssa Huerta, Taytay
Ms. Realty Corporation – Angelica Lopez, Bataraza
Ms. Royal Premiere – Almera Rosadeno, Brookes Point
Ms. Facebook Sensation – Cristal Diaz, Aborlan
Best in Swimsuit – Angelica Lopez, Bataraza
Ms. Le Dessert – Angelica Lopez, Bataraza
Ms. Panya – Phoebe De Luna, San Vicente
Ms. Hotel Centro – Phoebe De Luna, San Vicente
Ms. Le’Hermosa – Angelica Lopez, Bataraza
Ms. Toyota – Angelica Lopez, Bataraza
Ms. Votenex – Almera Rosadeno, Brooke’s Point
Ms. Hollywood Merchandise – Angelica Lopez, Bataraza
Ms. Philippine Airlines – Jamaica Venturillo, Cagayancillo
Best in Festival Costume – Jennifer Linda, Puerto Princesa
Best in Long Gown – Phoebe De Luna, San Vicente
Angelica Lopez, Bataraza
Arjane Cafugauan, Narra
Jamaica Venturillo, Cagayancillo
Phoebe De Luna, San Vicente
Almera Rosadeno, Brooke’s Point
Rhea Villegas, Sofronio Española
Gellean Jagmis, Cuyo
Jennifer Linda, Puerto Princesa City